Tips For Reducing Your Utility Bills

05
May

Utility bills are one of the most commonly dreaded bills that come in the mail each month. A missed bill means loss of heat, light, water, and food storage. That’s a lot to lose in one missed bill. In a difficult economic environment, utility bill jitters can become even greater, as people face the real possibility of losing these necessary services. People are never helpless. There are ways to ensure that each utility bill will be paid on time and that none of those bills will be so high that they will cause anyone to go hungry. Here are a few simple ways to shave dollars off the utilities so that everyone gets to eat a little better this month.

When leaving the house, turn off all air conditioning or heat

This was a real problem in my household. When going out for work and school in the morning, no one remembered to turn the heat or air conditioning off. It’s electric, so the electric bill kept piling up all day long while no one even needed its services. Now everyone makes a real effort to make sure that when no one is going to be home, the heat or air conditioning is turned off.

Clothing

Clothing is great insulation against the elements. In winter, thermal clothing can save money on a heating bill. Extra blankets for family members can do the same thing. I’m not suggesting that anyone sleep in a bed of ice with a blanket draped over it, but the heater can be used on a lower power when everyone dresses warmly in wintertime.

Faucet security

In cold weather, faucets have to be left dripping just a bit at night. This keeps the pipes from freezing. At all other times, though, turning off faucets as tightly as possible ensures that no water will be wasted.

Turn off lights when leaving a room

In the past, I’ve witnessed every light in the house turn on even when only one room was being used. It’s a small gesture and takes only a few moments. When exiting a room, turn off the light. It saves a penny or two here and there.

Turn off televisions and electronics before bed

Don’t leave the Xbox 360 on all night. Turn off the televisions. Put the computer to sleep. It takes precious little time and saves very little money, but when put together, all these activities accumulate and make the utilities lower.

Keep everyone on their toes

Each person in the household has to be aware of these rules, why they’re doing them, and that doing them is important. Turning off a light isn’t a lot to ask of anyone, even a teenager. It’s something they should have the energy to do. The adults of the household can be just as reluctant to implicate these rules, either because of laziness or just plain forgetfulness. It takes a lot of practice to get the routine running smoothly and each member of a family can remind forgetful members that they need to step up their game a notch. Be friendly and good-natured about it, but let them know that saving money on utility bills frees up more money for other, more pleasurable things: Trips to the movies, good dinners, or even a vacation if the team holds together for the entire year.

Conclusion

Utilities are the essentials of life and it’s up to everyone to join together and reduce their cost. Just because something is necessary doesn’t mean it should be more expensive. A utility bill is just like anything else. It cost is measured by use and anything measured can be reduced so that it’s manageable.

My own family was slow to adapt to these changes and we struggled with the team effort for quite some time, but once we saw the bottom line, we knew that we were going to save enough money per month to save a bit for an end of the year vacation. We won’t be going to Hawaii, but one thing is for sure: We’re going somewhere and when we get home, we’ll have electricity when we get back. That’s two blessings in one and it all came about because we remembered to turn off the bathroom light.

This post was written by

jason – who has written posts on Budget Clowns.
Father of three and married to a lovely women. Always looking for ways to save money, and invest it properly for my children's future.

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